"Love Story" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on September 12, 2008 by Big Machine Records, as the lead single from Swift's second studio album Fearless (2008), co-produced by Nathan Chapman. Swift wrote the song about a love interest who was not popular among her family and friends. Because of the scenario, she related to the plot of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597) and used it as a source of inspiration to compose the song, but replaced the play's original tragic conclusion with a happy ending. "Love Story" is a midtempo country pop song with dreamy soprano vocals and a continually building melody. Its lyrics are from the perspective of Juliet. The song received widespread critical praise with many complimenting Swift's writing style and the song's catchiness. It was a huge commercial success, selling over 15 million singles across the globe by 2010. With over 18 million copies worldwide, "Love Story" is one of the best-selling singles of all time. In the United States, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, sold over 9 million digital downloads, becoming Swift's best-selling single to-date and was once the best-selling digital country song of all time there. It is also one of the best-selling singles in the United States, and was certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "Love Story" marked Swift's first number-one single in Australia, and has been certified 10× platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The accompanying music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy, who directed the majority of Swift's prior videos. The video is a period piece that drew influences from the Medieval, Renaissance, and British Regency eras. It follows Swift and model Justin Gaston as they meet in a university campus and imagine themselves in a prior era. "Love Story" was promoted through numerous live performances. The song was included on all of Swift's headlining tours, the Fearless Tour (2009–2010), the Speak Now World Tour (2011–12), The Red Tour (2013–2014), The 1989 World Tour (2015) and the Reputation Stadium Tour (2018). "Love Story" has been covered by several artists, including Joe McElderry and Forever the Sickest Kids. The re-recording of the song, "Love Story (Taylor's Version)", was released on February 12, 2021. Critics praised it for its crisper production, nostalgic emotion, and Swift's matured vocals. The song topped the Billboard Digital Songs and Hot Country Songs charts, marking her eighth number-one single on the latter. It made Swift the second artist, after Dolly Parton, to reach number one on the Hot Country Songs with both the original and re-recorded versions of a song.
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